The Power Play
multitude of coaches, including well-known ones, there exists a group that
employs a disconcerting strategy - staring into their clients' eyes, hoping to
evoke discomfort or prove their own superiority. It can be an unnerving
experience, leaving clients feeling small and inadequate, especially when these
intense stares are delivered in front of others. I, too, have encountered such
moments that left me feeling numb and insignificant.
The discomfort I felt during those encounters led me to reflect on my coaching style and vow not to subject my clients to the same unpleasant experiences. Coaching requires delving deep within oneself to find answers, and if the coach fails to provide a safe and supportive environment, the coaching relationship is destined to falter. When faced with a question, instead of staring intently, I've learned to ask in a gentle manner and divert my gaze, allowing clients the space and comfort to respond at their own pace.
Coaches must be
mindful of their body language and non-verbal cues. Clients are perceptive and
can sense when a coach is not genuinely engaged or receptive. Failing to
establish effective non-verbal communication (The Profound Power Of Listening) jeopardizes the coaching business,
as clients may become dissatisfied and spread negative feedback behind the
scenes. It is crucial to understand that while you may still appear successful
externally, the truth lies in the opinions whispered quietly, tarnishing both
your own image and that of qualified coaches like myself.
In a world inundated with self-proclaimed coaches, it is imperative to distinguish those who possess genuine qualifications and a commitment to ongoing learning. True coaches bring substance, empathy, and authenticity to their practice, fostering an environment where clients can flourish. By eschewing tactics like intimidating stares and prioritizing effective non-verbal communication, coaches can forge a positive and transformative coaching experience for their clients. Remember, it is not just about personal branding; it is about making a meaningful impact and upholding the integrity of the coaching profession.